Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Rum Cocktails

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While rum originated among enslaved people in the Caribbean, the British colonization of that region brought the spirit to New England in the 17th century. There, it became very popular among colonists, who eventually decided to make their own. Shannon Tebay Sidle, a bartender at New York’s Death & Co, created this cocktail inspired by colonial-era ingredients.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Surprising Thing That Fueled the American Revolution. And the Rise of Our First President.”


  • 1 1/2 oz Aged rum
  • 1/2 oz Kirsch brandy
  • 1/2 oz Cherry liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: Brandied cherry


  1. Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir.

  2. Strain into a Martini glass.

  3. Garnish with a brandied cherry.